An Oxford professor, also an amateur astronomer and recently renewed churchgoer, is found dead in the school observatory under suspicious circumstances.An Oxford professor, also an amateur astronomer and recently renewed churchgoer, is found dead in the school observatory under suspicious circumstances.An Oxford professor, also an amateur astronomer and recently renewed churchgoer, is found dead in the school observatory under suspicious circumstances.
As said a number of times already, 'Lewis' started off very promising with the pilot and Season 1. It was with Season 2 where 'Lewis' hit its stride with things generally feeling more settled. Season 3 was a more mixed bag, started disappointing "Allegory of Love" (though to me it was not a bad episode), before getting better with "The Quality of Mercy" and finishing well. "The Dead of Winter" was a well done start to Season 4, and "Dark Matter" was even better and to me the best 'Lewis' episode since "Music to Die For" (a show highlight).
There is actually very little to criticise. Warren Clarke's character may gets on your nerves, as he did mine, though Clarke did play him very well. Innocent also has relatively little to do.
On the other hand, the acting is fine, anchored by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox. Whately is again very good and carries the episode with aplomb, advantaged by that Lewis is much more developed and as said he has more development. Clare Holman adds a lot and has an even bigger role than before, which was great. Fox is a breath of fresh air in a great contrasting role that reminds one of a more intelligent Lewis in his younger days and his sparkling sparring chemistry with Whately is a big part of the episode's, and show's, appeal.
Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, and Oxford not only looks exquisite but is like a supporting character in itself. Barrington Pheloung returns as composer, and does a first-rate job. The theme tune, while not as iconic or quite as clever as Morse's, is very pleasant to listen to, the episode is charmingly and hauntingly scored and the use of pre-existing music is very well-incorporated, the use of Holst's "The Planets" (great piece and perhaps Holst's most well known composition for good reason) is inspired.
There is some fun and thought-provoking writing, especially between Lewis and Hathaway, and the identity of the killer is a big surprise and the climax tense and fathomable, after seeing my fair share of convoluted, far-fetched and over-stuffed endings in previous and succeeding episodes. Support acting is great from particularly Clarke, Diana Quick and Robert Hardy.
Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox
- Jun 11, 2017